Helping LGBTQ+ Youth Navigate COVID-19

Date: July 24th, 2020

Allison Tomai Felsen

Well, here we are. It’s almost August and we’re still battling the COVID-19 pandemic. That short, sigh of relief we had when things began to reopen is over.

In fact, cases in the US have surpassed FOUR MILLION. Let that sink in for a minute.

Here in Baltimore, indoor dining has been suspended again, and a public health order has been issued requiring that all people age 2 or older must wear a mask in any indoor public space. In the last week, debates have been raging across America about what the start of the 2020-2021 school year is going to look like for students. For most, it seems virtual or some kind of hybrid learning will continue.

As we all continue to adjust to the uncertainty of the pandemic, it’s important to keep sharing resources that will help youth, especially those who might be disproportionally affected. Here are a few:

The National Coalition for Sexual Health and GLSEN have partnered to create this fact sheet to help LGBTQ+ youth navigate COVID-19. This resource answers questions on maintaining relationships, having safer sex, staying mentally healthy, and accessing sexual and gender-affirming health care services.

True Colors United has put together a COVID-19 Action & Resource Center which is frequently updated with resources and action items for professionals and advocates who work with youth, as well as young people looking for help.

Generation NYC has also put together an extensive resource page that can be filtered by the type of information you are seeking. Categories include mental health, physical health and wellness, peer and community support, food assistance, legal help, housing and shelter, and financial help.

The Gender Spectrum Lounge offers a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families, and support professionals to connect, collaborate, and find resources specific to their needs.

APA Division 44: Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity has compiled these resources to assist LGBTQ+ youth who may be sheltering in place in non-affirming environments during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Human Rights Campaign has curated a list of resources that LGBTQ+ you and their parents can access both online and by phone.

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About the Author

As the Communications Manager, Allison Tomai Felsen manages the annual national conference and supports organizational communications and member services.

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